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Thursday, September 4, 2014


So since I put up my last article on Tuesday, Joan Rivers has died.
I did have some serious misgivings about posting the article in the first place, knowing that her death might be imminent.
But since she was still with us, and I thought I had some valid things to say, I went ahead and wrote it, and published it.
I knew that I might have a very narrow window of time, because if she was already dead, I NEVER would have published it.
Whatever I thought of Melissa Rivers, it would have been too soon.
Now, she is a grieving daughter, who had to make the heart-rending decision about whether or not to keep her mother on life support.
Melissa Rivers is most-likely a very decent human being, with the same human failings that we all have.
This is exactly how I would describe myself.
So even though I took a major crap on her on Tuesday, let me take this opportunity to extend my sympathy to her at this time.
Maybe she deserved better than what I imposed upon her.
Maybe she didn't.
I don't know for sure.
But I've never been conflicted about anything I've written before, and this has stopped me in my tracks.
I don't know if I'm a better person for it, but if I am, I have Melissa to thank.
I don't regret a word of what I wrote.
How's that for conflicted?
Anyway, I wish her nothing but the best in the future.
And I'm very pleased that I was as genuinely complementary about her mother as I legitimately felt.
What I'd written on Tuesday was done with my knives sharpened, and in perhaps questionable taste.
Which describes the way Joan Rivers conducted herself on stage consistently.
So, except for the fact that I was attacking her own flesh-and-blood daughter, I think she might have been sympatico.
Well, probably not.


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  1. Don't forget Mrs. Edwards. That was a little bit harsh judgement ahead of our learning he fathered a child he denied and generally was a flake and a half. While she was dying of cancer. (And yes I have given over your point that her ambition and his ambition was embarrassing to see) I say this actually with a smile hoping you take it that way. I lived in my mother's shadow-her death last August devastated my world. I emerge a year later after several caring for her not myself really. It's a strange feeling I wish on no one. Yet I know many of us face it. I realize now even my perception of having any smarts was just riding her coat tails. I'm sure Joan River's daughter will be lost and will have to take on being alone. Which is so hard when you've been gifted with an incredible Mom.I pray we do not see her with Dr. Drew because that's something I'd find awful to watch.. Glad you posted both articles. Seems like comics and comedy have had major blows of late-I always enjoy reading your work and I hope all good things for you. I loved your interview for the TV academy thing btw.

  2. You must be a long-time reader if you remember what I wrote about Mrs. John Edwards.
    I felt no contrition about that, thus there was no follow-up article about it.
    Thanks for the kind words in general.

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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."